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Middle Eastern Chicken and Bulgur Wheat

Colourful. Simple yet complex in flavor. Middle Eastern inspired. Utterly YUM! Yip. You heard me. This dish is a winner for either a festive or weekday dinner. It’s a quick and easy one-pot-wonder and it’s bursting with flavour and nutritional powers. Bulgur wheat is a popular ingredient in many traditional Middle Eastern dishes and it contains a high amount of fibre. It is also a great source...

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Seeded Rusks

In winter, there is nothing better than dipping a rusk in a warm cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. These rusks really pack a nutritional punch and are loaded with wholesome ingredients. I recommend these bad boys for anyone who is struggling with constipation as the seeds together with the oats really turn the dial up on the fibre content. Oats provide a fibre called beta...

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Top Nutrients to focus on for collagen production

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body where it plays an important structural and strengthening role. Collagen forms a major part of the skin, bone, tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, hair and nails. As mentioned in my previous blog, Collagen - The Low Down, a well-balanced diet can significantly contribute to the several components needed to produce collagen. Collagen is made up of key amino acids, the...

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Zucchini, Pea and Mint Soup

This soup is fantastic for both autumn and winter. The warmth of this thick soup, together with the sweet and fresh flavours, is a delicious treat on a cold night. I like it so much that I have even had this soup, chilled, on a hot summer’s day. With leeks, onion and garlic forming part of the allium family, they offer a great bioactive known as...

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Intermittent Fasting- Commonly Asked Questions

Last week I wrote a blog where I discussed the basics of intermittent fasting (IF). If you do a quick ‘Dr Google’ search on IF you will be inundated with information and it’s so hard to sieve out the facts from the fiction. The scientific evidence itself is also a tad confusing, as many of the studies done are either on animals or small subject groups,...

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Intermittent Fasting – The Low Down

The latest buzz around people’s eating routines and one of the most popular health and fitness trends today is ‘intermittent fasting’ (IF). With this, though, basic questions about what IF is and whether it works also come up. “Why is it that just a few years ago we were told to eat regular meals and snacks for health and weight optimization and now we are meant...

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Top Tips for a healthy Ramadan

I’d like to wish all my patients observing Ramadan, Ramadan Mubarak. Many people find this time particularly hard when it comes to staying on track with their healthy lifestyle. Irregular eating patterns can really throw some people off. Let’s not forget the benefits that short-term fasting can offer: Improved blood sugar control Can result in weight loss if done in a healthy manner Increase in endorphins (happy hormones) ...

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Sleep – The Low Dow

Let’s talk about sleep because I bet so many of us are not getting enough of it, and that includes myself. We all have those nights where sleep is merely a day dream and those days where our energy levels feel depleted and we are cranky and inefficient. There is a long list that affects how many hours of shut-eye we get and the quality of...

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Summer Fattoush Salad

Simple and fresh are the two words that describe this salad- a great summer side dish for any meal. I decided to put a twist on a classic fattoush and add some fennel and pomegranate kernels to add that extra bit of anti-oxidant effects. The fennel contains quercetin, the bioactive ingredient that ‘switches on’ the master anti-oxidant conductor, while the pomegranates contains punicalagans which has three...

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Thyroid Health – The Low Down

Thyroid health is a topic that is very close to my heart. At the age of 12, after having gained over 4 kg on a 3-week summer camp and was feeling, well let’s say, abnormally tired for a 12-year-old, I found out that I had an underactive thyroid. To be more specific, I found out that I had Hashimoto’s disease. Since then, the respect I have for...

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